- "Reckless with Your Love" didn't really need to be remixed. Azari & III were still riding high enough after the success of their breakthrough, "Hungry (For the Power)," not to have to rely on the touch of larger-profile artists to shuffle their way into the right record bags. And such was the quality of the track itself that it deservedly became one of last year's most memorable and omnipresent, prompting a belief that it couldn't be bettered by remix no matter whose hands it fell into. If it ain't broke, don't fix it? Sometimes idioms can be so reaffirmingly false, you start to hope that life might not be one big cliche after all.
Much has (quite rightly) already been made of Tensnake's turn here—we'll get to that—but there are three other remixes on offer and they merit more than a mere glossing-over. Gerd Janson and Philip Lauer's output as Tuff City Kids has been building momentum recently and their blend of italo and classic house elements moulds a shapely figure out of "Reckless." The signature riff of the original is woven in and out at opportune moments, but the record is carried at head-bobbing speed by a pulsating bass and rhythmic talk-box. It sounds like contemporary hi-NRG in a good way.
Recent acquisitions to the Permanent Vacation roster, Midnight Magic, prove that their well-received release from last month, Beam Me Up, was no beginners' luck. They chisel the material into a strut-inducing disco romp complete with exultantly camp horns and a 12-bar chord progression that Azari & III must have surely intended when they wrote this. Good Guy Mikesh and Filburt's effort is the most understated of the lot, though its trick is in the build: from nothing but stabs and a kick develops a crescendo of sounds both organic and electric until it reaches a jazzy climax Henrik Schwarz would be proud of.
And so to Tensnake...suffice it to say that anyone capable of getting away with an "Everybody dance now!" interlude in a homage to the sunrise of the early '90s, and produce a classic in its own right, is enjoying a mighty fine period in their career.
A1 Reckless With Your Love (Tensnake remix)
A2 Reckless With Your Love (Goodguy Mikesh & Filburt remix)
B1 Reckless With Your Love (Tuff City Kids remix)
B2 Reckless With Your Love (Midnight Magic remix)